ArcticHub - Blog Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:23:46 -0500 HUBzero - The open source platform for scientific and educational collaboration en-gb Copyright 2017 ArcticHub Blog entries MEaSUREs GIMP Land Ice and Ocean Classification Mask Available at NSIDC DAAC The “MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) Land Ice and Ocean Classification Mask” data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). This data set, part of the Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research...]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:26:35 -0500 Engineers help arctic ships assess ice buildup

As global temperatures rise and arctic ice melts, more ships are taking advantage of expedient, yet dangerous ocean routes that are opening in the polar region.

One of the main hazards of sailing in freezing temperatures is topside icing, in which water blown from the ocean...]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:07:26 -0500 Canadian glaciers now major contributor to sea level change, UCI study shows Ice loss from Canada’s Arctic glaciers has transformed them into a major contributor to sea level change, new research by University of California, Irvine glaciologists has found.

From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands grew by an...]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:36:22 -0500 What the Forthcoming Paris Agreement Rulebook Mean for Arctic Climate Change

In the shadow of the US Presidential Election, the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began 100 days ago this week. More commonly known as COP22, the conference brought country delegations from around the world to...]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:12:12 -0500 MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) 2000 Image Mosaic Available at NSIDC DAAC The “MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Mapping Project (GIMP) 2000 Image Mosaic, Version 1” data set is now available at the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). This data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research...]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:44:15 -0500 Litter levels in the depths of the Arctic are on the rise

The Arctic has a serious litter problem: in just ten years, the concentration of marine litter at a deep-sea station in the Arctic Ocean has risen 20-fold. This was recently reported in a study by researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine...]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:23:31 -0500 Wind-Powered Pumps Could Make Arctic Ice

Physicist Professor Steven Desch from Arizona State University has come up with an idea for combatting Arctic ice loss. He is proposing the installation of 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the...]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:18:39 -0500 Arctic cities and local communities are key players in research and innovation The increasing strategic importance of the Arctic is being recognised within the European Union. In an opinion drafted by Pauliina Haijanen, town councillor of Laitila (FI, EPP), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) stresses that concerted efforts are needed at local, regional and...]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:26:46 -0500 Submissions requested: Special Issue on the Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the Cryosphere This is a reminder that a Special Issue on the Mass balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet is currently open on the Journal the Cryosphere and we would like to cordially invite you to consider submitting your paper. 

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:37:47 -0500 Resource Available - Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021, IARPC The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) announces the release of their Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021 and new IARPC collaboration teams that will implement this plan.

Nine collaboration teams are now launching and are open to participation by anyone in the...]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:16:47 -0500 Coal mine dust lowers spectral reflectance of Arctic snow by up to 84 percent

Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research.

The study illustrates the significant, localized role that dark-colored...]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:42:29 -0500 Salt concentrations in ice cores could unveil DO events' recipe It is one thing to know that Earth has already faced abrupt climate changes—also known as Dansgaard–Oeschger (DO) events—in the past. But finding out the reasons for these dramatic and rather short term changes is another story, one that Dr Rachael Rhodes from the University of Cambridge is...]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:46 -0500 Announcement of Project Funding for Cooperation Activities within the Framework of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) for the Academic Year 2017-2018 In the case your network has a partner in the north Norwegian UArctic Member Institutions (UIT-Arctic University of Norway, Nord University, Sami Universty College, or UNIS) your partner has the possibility to apply for Norwegian funding that can support development and new innovative...]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:36:03 -0500 Creative industries create jobs for young in the Arctic Educational possibilities are limited for youth in the rural Arctic, but they are adjusting with new multi-locational lifestyles. Arctic areas hold several economic opportunities for young people in less traditional industries like the creative industries, bioeconomy and tourism, reveals the...]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:34:06 -0500 Taking the Measure of Internet Access Around the Arctic

Tara Sweeney, the chair of the Arctic Economic Council, once met a man from the Faroe Islands who earned a living designing maps for flight simulators from his home. The encounter made a lasting impression: if someone living on a remote island in the North Atlantic halfway...]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:15:57 -0500 Local residents lead the change to more renewable energy in the Arctic

Isolated communities across the Arctic are looking at relying more on renewable energy. A new program aimed at helping rural areas make that transition is starting this month. Instead of bringing in experts, Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy, or ARENA, is relying on local...]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:12:27 -0500 Call for papers - Annals of Glaciology ‘Polar Ice, Polar Climate, Polar Change' We would like to send out a "call for papers" for the thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on ‘Polar Ice, Polar Climate, Polar Change’.
The deadline for paper submission is 26 May 2015.
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Continued glacier mass loss in 2015 and 2016 Based on last year’s call-for-data we can announce that the glaciers around the globe are reported to continue losing mass at very high rates. For the observation period 2014/15, the average annual mass balance of the observed glaciers was -1.1 m w.e. This is already the fourth year since the...]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:14:36 -0500 Scientists to study impact of climate change on Arctic ecosystem

A University of Manchester scientist is part of a team led by the University of Liverpool working on a £2.6m project to explore how the ecosystems in the Arctic Ocean are being altered by climate change.

Funded by the Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC), ocean...]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:05:34 -0500 IBRU releases new Arctic map with sea ice changes International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) of Durham University has released a new version of its widely used Arctic map. The maps may be found at:

IBRU’s original...]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:05:06 -0500